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David Loshin

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Blog. This is going to be the place for us to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on all aspects of the information quality and data integration world. I intend this to be a forum for discussing changes in the industry, as well as how external forces influence the way we treat our information asset. The value of the blog will be greatly enhanced by your participation! I intend to introduce controversial topics here, and I fully expect that reader input will "spice it up." Here we will share ideas, vendor and client updates, problems, questions and, most importantly, your reactions. So keep coming back each week to see what is new on our Blog!

About the author >

David is the President of Knowledge Integrity, Inc., a consulting and development company focusing on customized information management solutions including information quality solutions consulting, information quality training and business rules solutions. Loshin is the author of The Practitioner's Guide to Data Quality Improvement, Master Data Management, Enterprise Knowledge Management: The Data Quality Approachand Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide. He is a frequent speaker on maximizing the value of information. David can be reached at loshin@knowledge-integrity.com or at (301) 754-6350.

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the lego block, and an interesting side note is that Lego's Mindstorm product line is one of the few commercial successes of the Logo programming language.

Posted January 28, 2008 5:59 AM
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http://www.davidloshin.info/As my inventory of business cards is starting to run low, I am considering reprinting them, but I am now posed with a little bit of a quandary. Two years ago when that most recent batch was designed, I considered the contact information I wanted to include: name, company address, telephone, fax, mobile phone, email, web address.

However, in the past few years, my contact avenues have slightly changed – consider the blog that you are now reading. This made me start to think about all the other aspects of contact that might be reasonable to present to a new business acquaintance:

- Skype contact information
- Blogs
- Linkedin
- Myspace
- Facebook
- plus whatever other interesting things are out there...

Then all of a sudden, I started to think about being able to present someone with additional information aside from contact data, such as white papers or powerpoint presentations. Then links to webinars, podcasts, youtube videos. Can you get all this stuff on a business card?

OK, so I brought this up in a recent conversation with Shawn Rogers, mentioning that I wanted to consider options for having a USB business card – printed with standard contact information and with additional material accessible via the USB memory card interface. Unfortunately, I am a little early for that – the technology is still maturing and is prone to not work in many cases.

Shawn’s response was interesting: first, he referred to an emerging protocol for putting traditional contact information on the front and additional content links on the back of the card, and that is certainly a viable option. But then he said that for most purposes, a traditional business card was sufficient for its intent: first line of contact. Secondary lines of contact or “web 2.0”-ish information is appropriate within its own context. So leave the blog address off the physical card, but embed it in your email signature (which I already do).

Here is what I may do: make use of one of my registered domain addresses to host a virtual contact web page and have all my “push” content accessible through that page. Then I can put that web address on the back of the business card for people to access all that additional information.

Oh, and by the way, here is my (very simple) online business card.

Posted December 20, 2007 9:39 AM
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I noticed the other day looking in the sunday newspaper circulars that one could purchase a 500Gig hard drive for about $150.00. In other words, you could pay a little more than three hundred bucks and have a terabyte of hard drive space in your desktop machine. Considering that some enterprise data warehouses only grow at a rate of 200-500 gigabytes a year means that (presuming I didn't expect to have a significant user load, I had simple reporting requirements, and have good enough data transfer capabilities) I could assemble a pretty capable data warehouse for limited reporting on a machine that might (overall) cost less than a few thousand dollars.

Would anyone want to do this? Probably not your Fortune 100 folks, but it is indicative of the way that we are poised to enable and deploy business intelligence to the medium and even small business constituency. Consider (in addition) the fact that most commonly used BI tool is Microsoft Excel, and now all of a sudden we have the potential for a "break-out" business in turn-key BI. What do you think?

Posted October 20, 2007 8:13 PM
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I got back from TDWI in San Diego last week the other day, after teaching two courses. The first was on Business RUles, then second on Data Standards. I am glad that both courses were put together on the same day, since there is definitely a dependence of the business rules process on standardized definitions and data. Therefore, seeing a large number of the same people in both classes was a relief, and the connections between the two were borne out by some of the examples discussed by the attendees, in which the development of rules was impeded by the absence of standardized object definitions. Overall, the classes went well, and I would like to expand out the business rules course to include a demonstration or example using an open source framework. I am checking them out now - please post any suggestions!

Other highlights:
- Podcasting with the B-Eye guys. Tuesday afternoon I got to speak with Daryl Orts from Noetix, John Senor from iWay, Martin Query of Zoomix, Rich Zbylut from TDWI and Shawn Rogers from B-Eye, and Lisa Dreyer from Sybase.
- Interesting swag from Informatica - these two strong magnets that make interesting noices when thrown together. My kids think they are pretty cool, but the noise annoys my wife, since it sounds like the dreaded crickets in our basement. I was also briefed on their technology by Don Tirsell.
- Neat side trip to the Barona casino, about 25 minutes from downtown San Diego.
- I heard a great talk on predictive analytics by Wayne Eckerson.

Overall, was a very good trip.

Posted August 27, 2007 8:34 AM
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Just finished reading Shawn's latest blog entry referring to the Computer World article on IT people who mattered. It made me start thinking about my own list of key IT people

Too bad they limited this list the way they did. I can think of a bunch more influential IT people whom I am sure most people have never heard of. Here is a list - google away:

Nathan Goodman - influential researcher who collaborated on the aspects of database transaction synchronization. His work largely contributed to the ability to serialize database transactions, thereby enabling the effective multi-transaction use of databases possible. Later became a founding member of MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Leslie Lamport - algorithmist extreme, his insights on coordination between computers within a connected distributed system paved the way for the development of concurrent and parallel programming.

Steve Warshall - Influential participant in the National Software Works, the BBN project that led to the development of the Internet.

John Backus - The IBM pioneer that led the development of FORTRAN.

Got to get back to work - more to follow.

Posted July 10, 2007 7:01 AM
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